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Lyxor Asset Management – Best Emerging Markets Equity ETF Manager

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Lyxor Asset Management, a subsidiary of Societe Generale, is one of Europe’s leading providers of Exchange Traded Funds with over EUR 30 billion in assets under management. Lyxor currently has more than 240 ETFs covering equity, fixed income and commodity indices. Lyxor provides an extensive set of Emerging Market ETFs including a number of listings on the London Stock Exchange.

Last year, investors continued to use a diverse range of products to gain exposure to Emerging Markets via global, regional and country equity indices confirms Claus Hein, Head of Institutional ETF Sales for the UK, Netherlands and Nordics at Lyxor Asset Management.

“For global access in one trade, the Lyxor ETF MSCI Emerging Markets provided significant liquidity whilst minimising tracking error against its benchmark over the period. The fund was ranked number one in 2012 in terms of performance versus competitors. At the regional level, we saw demand for ETFs covering Latin America, Asia ex-Japan and Eastern Europe. We also observed significant activity across our range of country EM ETFs, for example China, Russia, India, which are the largest in Europe for each respective market,” says Hein.

Lyxor Asset Management launched its first Emerging Markets ETFs back in 2007. Since then, the product range has continued to expand to cover as many emerging markets as possible, providing investors with a broad set of tools with which to build their exposure in a liquid and transparent way.

As Hein continues: “The funds are actively traded across multiple exchanges in Europe and supported by various market-makers and authorised ETF participants. In terms of costs, our management fees are relatively low and we are able to provide tracking efficiency across our range of EM products. All in all, we believe investors appreciate these various qualities and we aim to continue delivering across all fronts going forward.”

With Europe steadily catching up with the US in terms of its investment community embracing the benefits of ETFs, the number of new products coming to market rises month on month. For ETF providers, it’s critical to find a competitive edge and leverage it fully to grow market share.

“We think it is critical to minimise overall implementation costs to maximise investors’ experience when investing in EM ETFs. As volumes keep growing and more clients increase their ETF usage, we will further develop our relationships with market makers and ETF Authorised Participants to ensure spreads and trading costs become even more competitive for EM products,” confirms Hein.

Performance and tracking efficiency, however, remain equally as important for investors when assessing one ETF product versus another, and at Lyxor, Hein emphasises that these remain “top priorities, particularly when evaluating EM exposures, which can be challenging to replicate in an effective way”.

On winning the etfexpress award, Hein concludes by saying: “We are delighted to receive the award for Best Emerging Markets ETF Manager in 2012. We would like to thank the voters for their support and recognition of our EM range which we will continue developing and strengthening in the future.”

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